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    The server’s are running smoother, logins happen quickly and we’ve had a decent amount of time to truly experience what Diablo 3 has to offer. So does it stack up?

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t relate my launch day woes. It started two days before launch with my motherboard dying, not wanting to sink money into a new machine, I had it repaired and was told to expect it back by Wednesday. After some panic, sweat, and maybe some tears I was able to grab my work computer and give that a try. I knew I was in for trouble when downloading was a chore. Installation wasn’t much better with two failures. Finally after all that the graphics card wasn’t supported. After a few changes in the Dxpref log I was able to get in…at 15fps.

    So my launch night was rough and slow but before I went to work that morning I had a level 4 Hardcore Witch doctor waiting for me to get home( and a Wife and child too). Now that I have my computer back and I’m slowly trudging through act 2 I can really see what this game is, and look at it with a new perspective.

    First This game is amazing. I find myself not even thinking about levels, or skills, but just moving from zone to zone to kill stuff for the hell of it. It’s sad that the servers have become a focal point of what is a truly great game, and hopefully over the next few weeks we can forget it.

    Hardcore is a small community and D3 isn’t fostering it right now. Hardcore public games are limited and desolate. I suspect a lot of people are going through Hardcore solo not wanting to place their life in another’s hands. I’ve had a few close calls already and adding extra health and damage would have not helped that. Also the Game seems a bit more difficult than in the beta, that or I’m extra cautious now that I’m really losing something. Hopefully in a few weeks once most people have done regular on soft core we will see a injection into the community.

    Lastly one bit of good/bad news. The Death screen has been updated!If you recall in the beta it simply read “you have died” now it says:

    If you find yourself staring at a screen like that above feel free to head over to our new Hardcore Graveyard forum. I submitted many back while I was a reader during D2 and I expect to be filling out a few for D3 just hopeful not yet.

    One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly.

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